Gallery of Recent Events

World of Working Women Conference
Friday, November 4, 2016

2016 Walk-A-Thon
Saturday September, 24, 2016

2016 Annual Awards Luncheon
Saturday, April 16, 2016

Paul Vallone, Ann Jawin, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Elizabeth  Crowley

Honorees l to r- Lorraine Guest, Nancy Falcon, Kushalata  Jayaker, MD, Richared Alles, Frank McCann, Hon. John Duane

 Melissa Mark-Viverito and Ann J. Jawin

Laura Rebell Gross, Her Children, Ann, Allison  Persad

Center for the Women of New York Celebrates Distinguished Leaders at 29th Annual Awards Luncheon

The Center for the Women of New York held its 29th Anniversary Luncheon on April 16th, 2016 at the Douglaston Manor in Queens, New York. The annual awards luncheon celebrates “Women of Distinction” who fill leadership roles in the community and “Good Guys,” men who support women’s efforts to achieve equal rights.

 Some of New York’s most prominent women in business, politics, media, health and education were honored at the luncheon. New York City Council Speaker, Melissa Mark-Viverito was the Guest of Honor at the event.  M. Ines Ferrer, Television Anchor & Reporter served as the Mistress of Ceremonies

 As for the “Women in Leadership” awards, CWNY recognized seven women from diverse backgrounds for their advocacy and support for women. Honorees included New York State Assemblywoman, Honorable Maritza Davila, AD 53, Claire Deroche, Director of Social Justice, Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Shelter Rock, Nancy Falcon, Director of Public Safety, Queens College, Lorraine Guest, Political Action Committee Chair, DC 1707, Lorraine Guest, Political Action Committee Chair, DC, Roz Liston, Editor, TimesLedger Newspapers and Laura Rebell Gross, Director of Girls Education, The Young Women’s Leadership Network.

 The event also featured “Good Guy” awards, given to men who support women’s efforts to achieve the goal of equal rights. Honorees included Richard Alles, Deputy Chief, Uniformed Fire Officers Association, L-854, IAFF, AFL-CIO, Donald Douglas, Executive Director, Public Schools Athletic League, Honorable John Duane, Former New York State Assembly Member, Member, Friends of Douglaston/Little Neck Public Library, Honorable Ron Kim, New York State Assembly Member, AD 40 and Frank McCann, Director of Organizing, Transport Workers Union Local 100.

 Many notable political and community leaders were among the guests that mingled together during CWNY’s Networking Reception amidst the backdrop of a glorious Spring day at the Douglaston Manor. Musical Entertainment was provided by Bill Gati and attendees participated in Raffles and a Silent Auction.

 The Center for the Women of New York was founded by Ann Juliano Jawin, the author of one of the first books dedicated to women’s need for financial independence and equal opportunity in the workplace. Part of the “Second Wave” of women’s liberation in the ’70’s, Ann joined the National Organization for Women and became Chair of the Task Force for Education and Employment.  As a career guidance specialist, Ann saw the results of inequality in the workforce as it affected all levels of women seeking financial stability and career opportunities. The Center for Women, founded in 1987, has shown that women working together can be a powerful force. The goal of the organization is to be a resource center for women and advocate for women’s rights and full equality in our society.  CWNY currently operates out of their office and classroom space donated by Queens Borough President Melinda Katz at Queens Borough Hall in Kew Gardens, Queens during the renovation of a landmarked building at Fort Totten in Bayside, Queens.

CWNY Board Members


Ann Jawin Center for the Women of New York,
Mar 23, 2016, 8:34 AM
Ann Jawin Center for the Women of New York,
Mar 23, 2016, 8:34 AM